The Gopis Plead with Krishna to Return Their Clothing, Page from a Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of Lord Vishnu) series
India (Rajasthan, Bikaner)
Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
Image: 6 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (17.1 x 24.8 cm); Page: 7 15/16 x 11 1/16 in. (20.2 x 28.1 cm)
Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky Fund, 2001
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 251
Krishna sits high in a tree with the clothing he has playfully stolen from the bathing gopis (cow maids). They look on with love, praying for union with the god in a passionate expression of bhakti (devotional worship). The artist has employed a limited Rajput color scheme in conjunction with elements of Mughal derivation, such as the foliage and naturalistic treatment of the water.
Inscription: Inscribed in devanagari on verso: vastraharan (stealing of clothes); numbered: an 56, with another number (43) and deleted Bikaner State stamp